Forthcoming Services at St.Matthew's

 Date  

 Service  

 Time

Sun 8th February Common Worship Communion * 11.00am
Sun 15th February Morning Worship * 11.00am
Wed 18th Feburary Combined Communion Service for Ash Wednesday at St Matthew's 7.30pm
Sun 22nd February Common Worship Communion * 11.00am
Sun 1st March All-Age Communion * 11.00am

* Children's Church is always available at the 11.00am service.

LOVE AND LENT

February is a month of two great themes.

The end of the month sees the beginning of Lent. A period for reflection, repentance and discipline. A time when we prepare ourselves to follow the way of our Lord through the testing of hostile crowds and the defensive ambitions of people in authority. This way of testing leads to Holy Week and Good Friday. A time of confrontation and the confusion of darkness. Hopes apparently disappointed. Followers divided and distressed.

Yet - February is also the month of Valentine's Day - a feast of love that can bind people together in a commitment to a life richer in relationship. It is a sign of what we are made for - a love that supports and nourishes us. The supreme sign comes on Easter Day when even destruction and death are transformed into new hope and new joy.

February is a month that captures the essentials of the Christian Gospel. A challenge and a call to each one of us. May we make time for reflection, repentance and discipline: and may we taste the scent of a love that conquers all.